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A Bone Can Still Grow As Long As There Is Cartilage
12-16 weeks: Depends on location and the age of the patient. Tenderness could take many months to clear. ...Read more
Cartilage is a specialized type of tissue found in joints and areas that two bones come together. It is made up of specialized cells that live in the midst of proteins and sugars that absorb and release water similar to a sponge. Healthy cartilage helps decrease friction in joints, absorbs shock and protects the ends of the bone. Degradation of ...Read more
Taking magnesium, phosphorus & calcium together be the strongest way to help protect bones and cartilage? If so, how long before it takes effect?
If your nose got hit, and it broke or got damaged, will it still have the same appearance, either the nose bone or the nose cartilage?
If it didn't move: If your nose was nondisplaced after the trauma it can heal with no cosmetic defect. ...Read more
Meniscus tear op removal of torn cartilage, will this not cause bone on bone grinding or osteoarthritis long term. Not sure if i should go ahead?
Post menisectomy: Anytime me part of ones meniscus is removed it leads to increase force across the exposed bone.Studies show that removing part of the posterior medial meniscus decreases protection of the articular surface by 50%. Although this is of concern ,leaving a partially torn meniscus will result in more damage to the articular surface ,especially nit ones knee is unstable or locks intermitantly ...Read more
Im a 32yr old female.I had micro-fracture surgery on the articular cartilage of the femoral bone a year ago in march. I still cannot go up steps without tremendous pain. What steps should I take next?
Microfracture: You need follow up evaluation & possible mri. Microfracture is not successful 100% of the time. Other conservative options may include injections of cortisone or hyaluronic acid, pt, bracing, etc. Surgical options include repeat microfracture, osteochondral autograft (oats or mosaicplasty), or autologous chondrocyte implantation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Question I am 5 weeks out of right foot surgery and my foot has a "cold feeling" and numb still. I have RA and had a joint/bone/cartilage replacement.
RA s/p foot surgery: The numbness can be from nerve irritation, nerve effects due to surgery as you cut and may cut some nerves when you replace bone or due to limited blood supply, The coldness can be due to blood supply interruption but that is more concerning as you need adequate supply. Call l the doctor today or go to ER , they can do dopplers and check blood supply, if toes are purple /black that is a emergency ...Read more
Bone: Because bone has marrow in it (which produces the body's healing cells), it heals much more quickly than joint cartilage. Once joint cartilage is damaged, it is never quite the same and the type that grows back is not as smooth or as strong as the original. Bones heal with a great deal of strength, and are in fact stronger in the place they heal than the surrounding bone. ...Read more
Cell Growth: Cartilage cells, especially the articular cartilage type, are very slow growing cells so they are also very easily damaged and with enough damage these cells die and are replaced with a type of scar tissue that is not a perfect replacement. Bone on the other hand continues to remodel and can ultimately be fully restored. ...Read more
Rich blood supply: Because of the lack of blood supply to cartilage, (a new technique to hasten healing of injuries is to introduce fresh blood flow into the area) whereas the marrow in bones actually produce red blood cells, and bones are actually a honeycomb like structure, and they are constantly being taken apart, and rebuilt, microscopic bit by bit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Which of these two tissue types do you think would heal faster following an injury? (a) cartilage or bone?
Always cartilage: The stages of healing bone fractures are: blood clots are organized by chondroblast cells into cartilage. Then invading osteoblasts convert the cartilage in bone structure; which is constantly being remodeled by both osteoclast ; osteoblast cells ; influenced by blood flow ; stress loads. Yet many genetic, epigenetic ; physiologic controls remain poorly understood. ...Read more
Only TMJ imaging: computed tomography (CT), or cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) or arthrography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can support or reject the clinical findings of the "TMJ is due to cartilage/bone wear" diagnosis. See Orofacial Pain specialist near you for evaluation and imaging only if needed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
For what reasons might a bone fracture be preferable to a torn ligament, or to damaged cartilage?
As a fx can be seen: On a xray and its healing can be appreciated over a period of time. The ligaments or cartilage injuries can not be appreciated so well. A bad (severe) ligament injury can be worse than a fx, as they can take 3-4 months. It can be quite frustrating for the pt and the physician, as healing can not be appreciated fully. ...Read more
Active area: Cartlidge is now able to be made i'm cultures and replaced into the joint. Look up gemzyme tissue repair. ...Read more
Glucosamine: Glucosamine and chondroitin, two components of cartilage, are commonly used as supplements to help with bone and joint health. Although it has received a lot of popular acclaim, there has been little rigorous testing to see if it is effective. At best, it seems to be not harmful and might be helpful. Webmd has a pretty good article on the topic. http://tinyurl.com/htujoint. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more
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